See it if You want more insight into the black queer mind of SLAVE PLAY author Jeremy O. Harris, and want to know how he spent his Fire Island summer
Don't see it if If queer thoughts and feelings do not resonate with you. Or if you want a standard play with a plot and characters.
See it if if you want questions of how gay men should care for each other explored in a big, soapy drama of love and loss in the big city
Don't see it if you resent being jerked around emotionally & exhorted rather than moved to feel things, or if you know this play's source materials
See it if You want to learn about the first woman to play pro baseball in the Negro Leagues. Great acting, esp by lead April Mathis, great direction.
Don't see it if If you want a linear story or a whole lot of character depth. Play is mostly a tapestry of anecdotes.
See it if You want to see a modern-day MEDEA set in a Mexican immigrant neighborhood of Queens.
Don't see it if You don't like to see some of the very bad things that happen in Greek-style tragedies
See it if You want to see some great acting, some beautiful bodies and a great set, and hear some good dialog.
Don't see it if You want a fully worked out drama. This is a green play, author's first. He wrote better later. SLAVE PLAY is more fully formed.
See it if you understand that the by-now notorious premise is just that, a premise, and you're ready to witness the exploration of race & sex.
Don't see it if any of the above offends you
See it if You want a swiftly moving story with great dialog and great situations, all set in c 1850 New York.
Don't see it if You don't like mid 19c melodrama. That's what it is! Boucicault was a master of it.
See it if you want a swiftly paced, entertaining show about how pop music gets made -- the clash of styles, ambitions and personalities.
Don't see it if you want to see people go deep, emotionally, often. Many scenes are short & cut off just when they start to get interesting.
Also Great stage, light and music design
See it if you want to enter a world of women, pretty much only women, and traverse their psychic landscape
Don't see it if you need a strong, clear storyline, or if you don't like or physically can't be moving about the theater for the four scenes of Act II
See it if You like true-crime, national-history, or interrogation stories. You know what's going to happen, the question is how
Don't see it if You don't want an abstract, non-realistic staging of a hyper-realistic FBI interrogation transcript
See it if You want to hang out with some twentysomething Catholic conservatives in the desert and hear them hash out their positions & identities
Don't see it if You want a lot of plot, or a liberal audience stand-in, or if you dislike loud noises
See it if you like plays about people imprisoned forever, somewhere (with very committed performances)
Don't see it if the semi-abstract anyperson style of the scenario leaves you anwhere and nowhere
See it if You want to see set, production (and corpse!) design like you've never seen on broadway, or will again. Plus great comic acting.
Don't see it if It will bother you that author has not quite fit his ideology into his playmaking.
See it if Great movement & dance scenes, clever set, attractive performers
Don't see it if you want to retain a good opinion of the Bushwick Starr, which is a great theater for new work & very easy to get to on the train
See it if you want vivid, funny, emotionally truthful songs, great acting/singing, first class production all 'round
Don't see it if you don't want to hear every detail about the life of a large queer black man. Also, don't see it if you want a conventional book musical.
See it if You think a bit of Greek tragedy, eco-futurism and suburban lesbian action sounds like a great theater evening!
Don't see it if any or all of the above confuse, annoy or offend you. I thought the show was smart, hilarious and moving.
See it if you want to give respect to someone writing about why men go to war and what happens to them when they come home.
Don't see it if you want a vivid, lively or really engaging show
See it if See it if you want to see someone make art of a big issue in their life. The show is in several different parts that cohere at the end.
Don't see it if You want a straightforward, linear show in a consistent style.